2018 Shiraz

Shiraz from our Estate vineyard adopts more of a cooler climate expression than the typical McLaren Vale style thanks to the vineyards elevation and the cooling night breezes from the nearby Southern Lofty, but retains concentration and complexity.



REGION: Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale

WINEMAKING: Cold soaked 5 - 6 days, wild yeast fermented, 12 months maturation in French oak (25% new).

Vineyard and Winemaking

Shiraz adopts a very different form at Yangarra than the typical McLaren Vale style, and is more akin to the cooler climate styles. Our single vineyard estate has twelve individual blocks of Shiraz. Each block is defined by different aspects and subtle variations of the sand and Ironstone soils that overlie the ancient North Maslin Sands geological formation.

REGION: Kangarilla, McLaren Vale

VINE AGE: 19 - 23 years

ELEVATION: 150-180m above sea level

SOIL TYPE: Sand and ironstone


Approximately 10% whole bunches were used with 50% of the fruit remaining as whole berries. Mechanically sorted before going into open-top fermenters. Cold soaked until the onset of wild-fermentation, utilising the yeasts that naturally come in with the grapes from the vineyard. A careful regime of plunging and rack and returns. The resulting wine was kept on lees in 25% new French oak, 75% older French oak for 12 months. No fining, just filtration.

ALCOHOL: 14.0%

TA: 6.2 g/L

pH: 3.50

WINEMAKER: Peter Fraser

Vintage Report

The 2018 growing season was a text book growing season, a very mild spring, a generally dry summer. With moderate yields, we harvested relatively early on the 10th of March (a fruit day in the biodynamic calendar). The 2018 wines produced typically darker and more intense wines.



95 Points | Huon Hooke The Real Review: Deep, bright red/purple colour. Fresh and clean on the nose, with berries, cherries and spices to sniff. Really lovely aromas and flavours, understated and still evolving. The palate is fine and long with supple tannins and great harmony. A superb glass of shiraz.


97 Points | Halliday Wine Companion 2020: The pure singularity of this certified biodynamic wine has a different face to its King's Wood sibling. It relentlessly captures the senses with its dark spiced fruits, the aftertaste slowly diminishing.

95 Points | Toni Patterson The Real Review: This is an utterly mesmerising and compelling shiraz. Divine, concentrated dark fruit with very gentle spice. Classically-structured and not overdone in any way. Lively acidity and plentiful integrated tannin. An absolute steal at this price. Fabulous


97 Points | 2019 Halliday Wine Companion: 50% whole berries, 50% destemmed, wild yeast open-fermented, matured for 10 months in used French oak. Just another $30 McLaren Vale shiraz? Absolutely not. This is profoundly exciting, another masterpiece from Peter Fraser, Wine Companion Winemaker of the Year '16. It's not often I'm tempted to sneakily swallow half a mouthful of a wine, it's almost as if an unseen force refuses to let me actually drink a little. The wine is spicy, textured, with a rainbow of dark fruit flavours - bloody gorgeous. Drink to 2036

94 Points | Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front: Wild ferment, whole bunches, whole berries, classy oak but only where it’s needed. That beautiful sweet fruit. That texture like silk. That perfect integration of plum-shot fruit and posh, cedar-like oak. It smells, taste and feels pure, fine-grained and terrific, every step of the way. Drink 2018 - 2028

93 Points | Nick Stock - James Suckling Top 100 Australian Wines: A plush nose of dried violets, blackberry compote, chocolate, brambles and sugar plums. The palate’s very in tune though with a good serving of pretty acidity, ripe yet steely tannins and a chewy finish. Drink in 2022. Screw cap.


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Soil Type

Sands and Ironstone

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